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Cold Case: $5000 Reward To Help Find Killers Of Murdered Regional Manager Salesh Chand

‘I know I had said earlier that I lost hope that something would happen in the case, but I want to know who killed him and why...’
09 Jul 2019 12:52
Cold Case: $5000 Reward To Help Find Killers Of Murdered Regional Manager Salesh Chand
In happier days... Salesh Chand.

The family of a man who Police say was murdered three years ago has offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer or killers.

Salesh Chand, 42, the regional manager for Vinod Patel and Company, was found dead in his burnt company car at the Fiji Sugar Corporation yard in Lautoka on June 8, 2016.

Police officers on patrol saw something burning at about 2.45am and when they checked, they saw the car and Mr Chand’s charred remains inside.

At that time, Police said they were treating it as a case of murder.

The vehicle which was found burnt at FSC Grounds in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: Kathrin Krishna

The vehicle which was found burnt at FSC Grounds in Lautoka yesterday.

His wife, Ranjani Devi, told the Fiji Sun yesterday that more than three years had passed and there was still no lead into her husband’s murder.

“I have been checking with Police since the murder because apart from me, my two sons who are 18 and 20 years old now also want to know what happened to their father,” she said.

“What my family has decided now is to put up a reward of $5000 for information that will lead to the arrest of the killer or killers and the conviction in court.

“The reward will be given to anyone who gives information to Police that will lead to my husband’s killer or killers being caught and sentenced by the court.”

Ms Devi is hopeful that the reward will make people come forward with whatever little information they may have on her husband’s murder.

“I know I had said earlier that I lost hope that something would happen in the case, but I want to know who killed him and why he was killed and that’s why my family is offering the reward,” she said.

Mr Chand took two people, who were strangers to Ms Devi, to their home in Kashmir, Lautoka, on the night of June 7, 2016.

He is believed to have had some yaqona and alcohol with the man and woman and then he left with the man at about 1am on June 8.

But only the man returned after a short while and he told Ms Devi that her husband had gone to Ba, something which she still cannot believe.

It was not until the afternoon of June 8 when Ms Devi learned that her husband had been murdered.

Police are still carrying out investigations into the case.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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